Northeast Texas grain sorghum producers saw late infestations of sugarcane aphids last year, mostly as they got ready to harvest their crops. They suffered from a bit of harvest trouble as the sticky honeydew secreted by the aphid gummed up combines and caused some problems at elevators. But yield loss was minimal, at worst.
They came in about three weeks earlier this year and pose a serious threat to what is shaping up to be an excellent grain sorghum crop. Extension specialists and industry reps have been watching fields carefully and advising farmers to spray with Transform WG insecticide, a product recently available through a Section 18 Special Exemption from the EPA.
Timely application as proved highly successful says Hunt County farmer Kendal Wright.